The TV star on dropping out of drama school, diversity in Hollywood, and why Dave & Buster’s is a great place to spend a day.
AS TOLD TO GOSSAMER
When I was really young, I used to say I wanted to be a teacher, a lawyer, and a hairdresser. That was my mantra as a child. My Nan is Caribbean, and so the idea of being a lawyer—for her, that’s what everyone should be. They all want you to be a lawyer or a doctor or a teacher or something respectable.
It wasn’t until I was 12 and started taking classes at the Anna Scher Theater, a community theater in Islington, where I grew up, that I fell in love with acting. Anna Scher was this really cool, older hippie lady who would teach us peace poems and things like that. I learned about social justice through that class. It was extremely cheap. It wasn’t a stage school; it was a community center. That’s what I really enjoyed about it.